UK Football

Kentucky seniors deserve curtain call

Random notes:

■ Make sure you arrive early Saturday to applaud Kentucky's most successful senior football class since the Bear Bryant era.

Since the NCAA reinstituted freshman eligibility in 1972, this is the first senior class to achieve four consecutive winning seasons.

In fact, you have to go back to 1953, the final season of freshman eligibility before a 19-year ban, to find the last UK senior class to post four straight winning football seasons.

You can leave your tailgating a little early to offer some grateful applause, can't you?

■ Speculation goes that if Kentucky wins Saturday, the Cats could be headed for the Outback Bowl. And a UK loss would send Rich Brooks' team to the Chick-fil-A. But some talk is bubbling up that the Cotton Bowl is interested in how many fans Kentucky might bring to Texas.

■ When I was a kid and wanted to play basketball in a room with chandeliers, I had to use a Nerf basketball. Or a rolled up paper bag.

■ While the Cats haven't beaten the Vols since 1984, UK hasn't beaten Tennessee in Commonwealth Stadium since 1981. That was Fran Curci's final game as coach. That was also a cold, cold day.

■ The Bengals' last-minute meltdown at Oakland last Sunday might have been a killer had not Pittsburgh been blindsided by Kansas City earlier in the day.

Not totally surprised that Cincinnati would flub one of a successive trio of easily winnable games — home games with Cleveland and Detroit the next two Sundays. But Marvin Lewis and Co. don't need another surprise.

■ Rich Brooks couldn't say enough nice things Monday about senior defensive tackle Corey Peters.

■ I've been around Kentucky football for a long time, but not sure I've ever heard a more gleeful locker room than the one next door to the media room after the Cats' win at Georgia on Saturday night.

■ Saturday marked the sixth time in the Rich Brooks era that UK has given up at least 485 total yards and still won the football game. UK allowed 487 in the win.

The last time that happened was 2007 when Kentucky won 42-29 at Arkansas, even though the Razorbacks gained 495 yards.

Overall, however, UK is 6-13 under Brooks when giving up that much yardage.

■ It seemed odd seeing a Georgia football game Saturday with no Uga outside his doghouse.

■ Those Georgia homeboys who played key roles in Kentucky's win between the hedges? There are five more on the way. The Cats have commitments from tight end Ronnie Shields, linebacker Jabari Johnson, running back Raymond Sanders, cornerback Eric Simmons and place-kicker Joe Mansour, all from the Peach State.

■ Roy Williams couldn't say no to North Carolina twice. Can Urban Meyer say no to Notre Dame twice?

■ Little late on this, but the trainer Bobby Frankel, who died of leukemia at age 68 last week, could be New York City gruff at times. But if you could get him talking, and it was a subject he liked, not sure there were too many who knew more about training horses.

■ Ah, those Twitter tricks. The New York Times fell into a Twitter trap Tuesday, re-tweeting a UK11JohnWall tweet knocking the floor at Cancun. But that's not the real John Wall. UK told the local media a while back that the real John Wall did not have a Twitter account.